Minority community students harassed in Karnataka

A group of Bajrang Dal members on Monday stopped a vehicle in Mangaluru, Karnataka and harassed students of minority communities who were travelling in the vehicle. The Mangaluru Police have arrested five members of the Bajrang Dal for harassing and assaulting the students. According to reports, six students studying at a private medical college had gone out for a picnic at the Malpe beach. When they were returning in the evening, a group of Bajrang Dal members reportedly stopped them. The group reportedly questioned the students whether Hindu girls were accompanying Muslim boys in the vehicle. They harassed and assaulted the boys travelling in the vehicle. Fortunately, police reached the spot at the time of altercation and took control of the situation. The entire incident was recorded on camera and has been circulating on social media. On the basis of a complaint filed by Savio T Alonso (20), a student of the medical college, relating to the incident which happened near Surathkal toll booth, a case under sections 341, 323 and 504 of Indian Penal Code was registered at Surathkal police station. In connection with the said moral policing incident, Preetam Shetty, district Pramukh of Bajrang Dal, Arshit, Prakhand Pramukh of Bajrang Dal, Srinivas, Rakesh and Abhishek have been arrested in connection with this incident. According to police, there were no Hindu girls, but two Christian boys and a Muslim boy and three Muslim girls in the vehicle.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Highway
Number of victims 4 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Highway Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory Current status Under investigation
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Main Information
Date of incident: September 27, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • No. of People Injured 6
    Name of the victim : Undisclosed
    Name of Perpetrator Preetam Shetty, district Pramukh of Bajrang Dal, Arshit, Prakhand Pramukh of Bajrang Dal, Srinivas, Rakesh and Abhishek
    State Karnataka
    District/City Mangalore
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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